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for 2013. checking it twice, so is spoiler alert. and trending. and fiscal cliff. so on to a new year. and a final word on 2012. >> hoping change for a better new year. >> happy new year! >> reporter: it was balmy last year when the ball dropped, in the mid 40s. not so lucky this time around. wind chill expected in the mid 20s. everyone is bundled up, kate. happy new year. >> happy new year to you, ron mott. and did you say fiscal cliff was on the banned list? that is our broadcast for this new year's eve. and on this last night of the year, we want to remind you, ring in 2013 on new year's eve with carson detaily, starting tonight at 10:00 here on nbc. i'm kate snow in for brian williams. we hope to see you back here tomorrow evening. good evening and happy new year.
, temporarily buy down the automatic spending cuts, what they have set up is a series of mini fiscal cliffs, if you will, kate. so every three to six weeks, over the next six months, we could be going through nights like this where we're up against the clock and congress has to act and the president -- they have to figure out how to compromise or watch automatic headaches kick in. >> chuck todd is going -- it's going to be a long night. thanks for being with us on wall street today, this final trading day of the year. investors were hopeful of a deal would be worked out by the time the closing bell rang at 4:00. stocks soared to their highest point today. capping an up year. the dow finished 166 points up, the nasdaq rose 59 points and the s&p 500 was up almost 24 points on the day. for the year, the dow finished with a 7% gain. the nasdaq was up almost 16% this year and the s&p 500 gained more than 13%, a very strong year for stocks. so let's bring in cnbc's senior economics reporter steve liesman. steve, we just said the market was way up today, they thought we would have a deal. now we'r
the fiscal cliff. so, bret baier, welcome to you. all the news trickling out today, but it looks like at least the house of representatives will not vote on any deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. what is the latest? >> seconds ago, confirmation that, in fact, the house will not take up any fiscal cliff vote tonight even if the senate manages to get a piece of legislation to the floor and gets over the hurdles we have talked about. if there are the votes to get it on the senate side question confirm, right now, from our people on capitol hill, including chad, who you just talked to, the house will not take up any fiscal cliff vote even if the senate does pass something tonight as you look at the senator from missouri speaking on the senate floor. that means the country is going over the fiscal cliff technically. as we have known congress to do before, you can have maneuvers by which they rewind the clock and if they go into tomorrow and they actually pass a piece of legislation they can rewind it to the point they need to be. some of the stipulations about the sequester and those are the
on the screen. the fiscal cliff melodrama is bad cabling reality show, real housewives of new jersey without the seven siartd without though not without the plastic surgery. they are phony and the "wall street journal" is basically arguing here the politicians are just like them. they are actors, pretending to do something meaningful about crisis of their own creation and none of them seems terribly sincere about doing something fundamental in $16.4 trillion. fair point? >> but the real issue is $80 trillion in unfunded liabilities entitlement programs which no one is talking about. it's amazing. i think "wall street journal" is right on the point. we've had all this discussion for the last several months and frank liquor to the last four years of raising taxes on the rich, above $250,000 which a basically a moral argument. it doesn't a dent in the $80 trillion in unfunded liabilities. entitlement reform and president obama doesn't want to talk about it. he wants to focus on the tax rates which is for all intents and purposes utterly irrelevant. >> gregg: so in other words, we can count on t
with a blood clot. details ahead. >>> looking over the fiscal cliff, is a last second deal even possible? >> kim kardashian and kanye west expecting a baby. new year's eve preps and the new york giants open their hearts to the families of newtown, connecticut. >>> very good morning. nice to see you this morning. we begin with secretary of state hillary clinton in the hospital. clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from a consuggestion so suffered earlier this month. she's being treated with blood thinners and doctors will northern the medication over the next two days. the 65-year-old clinton fell and suffered a concussion when she fainted while home alone in mid-december as she recovered from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. she planned to return network this week. it's crunch time on capitol hill. senate and house negotiators have a few crucial hours to come up with a compromise to avert the looming financial mess. if they don't here's what will happen. everyone's tax rates will go up. $1.2 trillion in fede
-called fiscal cliff, new report that is the president has a back-up plan. we are live in hawaii next on what that might look like. gregg: and mother nature throwing a huge wrench into the holiday travel rush. the latest check on the weather conditions and travel delays next. heather: can one of the survivors of the sandy hook elementary school shooting tragedy speaks out. how the school principal and two other school employees saved her life. >> the three of them were shot, and they yelled back, shooter, stay put. they saved my life and the life of four others who were at that meeting. gregg: another fox news alert. this new development in the fight over the fiscal crisis as lawmakers head home for the holidays. there are reports president obama is scaling back his hope for a sweeping budget bargain with republicans. welcome to a brand new hour of "america live". i'm gregg jarrett. heather: i'm heather childers. we're in for megyn kelly. the president reportedly looking to strike a smaller deal that would extend tax cuts for the middle class without tackling spending cuts as reports surfaced
: just four days to the new year and potentially the fiscal cliff so far little to know progress reported in making a deal to avert across the board tax hikes for 90% of the american households. it's been 10 days since the president and the speaker held any substantial face-to-face meetings. is time up or is it still possible for both sides to reach a last minute deal? let's put the question to byron york of the "washington examiner". too late or, gosh, maybe this is so easy you can wait until the last minute? >> i guess it depends whether you believe in miracles, gregg. gregg: i don't. >> the only thing that is really happening is the days are ticking by. i think what we've got is, you go first situation here. remember, after the so-called plan b failed in the house, john boehner, speaker of the house said, look, it's up to the senate. we'll not do anything more. we already passed a bill a while back that would extend bush tax cuts for everybody. it is up to the senate to do something. you have senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, the republican saying it is up to the democrats to do
on the fiscal cliff stuff, president obama, rochelle, on a new poll, 54% approve of his handling of the fiscal cliff. only 26% support joan boehner. so the politics of it is not even working for them. they're purists, but they're not being practical, even politically. everyone as they don't stand for what you and i may think is the right thing. they're not even being practical about this. >> well, with taxes, it's so complicated because the republican party has basically got taxation at the heart of its ideology. so what they're almost in a position -- they've force ed ths into a corner where what they almost sl to do is let the cliff kick in so that then they can vote to go back and reinstate some tax cuts as opposed to somehow translating any kind of vote they take, you know, grover nordquist was going to stand up and say they raised taxes on the wealthy. at this point, they've got the situation so backwards, that they're going to have to let the cliff kick in. >> let me ask you this quickly. we've got some good economic news yesterday. weekly unemployment claims have fallen to the lowest si
." 3, 2, 1... [ giggling ] >>> when the clock strikes midnight on new year's eve, fiscal cliff or not there will be some unprecedented confusing tax changes that will affect nearly everyone's pocketbook. so here to help you get your financial life in shape for 2013 we deev sided to turn to the woman i've been turning to my whole life my mom. she's the financial columnist for the "chicago tribune" and author of "saving like a paper." this is a treat. >> thanks for having me. >> how much does the fiscal cliff impact what we're saving on taxes? >> well for middle income people, the tax increase is going to be about $2,200 and for higher income people that's the part that's been talked about a lot, people with $200,000 in income or $250,000 per couple. they're going to get hit. then there's also going to be increases in the dividends that you pay, the dividend income that you get. there's going to be increases in capital gains taxes. >> mom, when it comes to budgeting for the future you've always taught me to put money aside in my 401(k). it was the thing yo
fiscal cliff and what appears to be a new sense of optimism about finding a path around it. there isn't much time. just three days for the president and congressional republicans to find common ground on taxes and spending. for the latest let's go to chief correspondent at the white house major garrett. good morning. >> good morning, rebecca. president obama met with the four top leaders yesterday. he met for just over an hour. now, earlier in the fiscal cliff talks, meetings like this had tended to be tense and nonproductive but this meeting gave rise to hopes of a last-minute deal. for the first time in weeks president obama reported genuine progress to averting some part of the so-called fiscal cliff. >> i'm modestly in agreement we'll achieve. >> they're now chasing a much smaller deal than originally sought. the final product if there is one will not include trillions in debt reduction or federal spending or tax code reform. it won't even include across the board spending cuts. it will focus on tax rates and a few spending items. >> that's the bearare minimum we
was 75 years old. harris: new information now on the so-called fiscal cliff. if congress and the president can not find a solution most americans will see thousands of additional dollars taken out of their paychecks next year and on top of that you will be paying even more at the grocery store. for example, no compromise means milk subsidies will end. and the cost for a gallon of milk could double. dominic di-natale has latest details from los angeles. so, dominic, has the fiscal cliff crisis gotten so bad that even the price of milk is being affected? >> reporter: certainly is, harris. can you imagine milk hitting six to eight bucks a gallon? we're heading toward that because a new farm bill stalled in congress. under a archaic 1947 law, unless the new bill is passed by december 31st, the government will be forced to buy vast quantities of milk at twice the wholesale rate. two bills are in congress. the senate passed one for $23 billion in savings. the house is looking to enact 35 billion. the sticking point the full house of representatives hasn't approved the bill. >>
more on that and the fiscal cliff negotiations in a minute. >>> first, i want to show you the rest of the world is ringing in the new year. midnight arrived in asia. they are calling it a pyre tech nick musical. they were scheduled to begin an hour before midnight. hong kong on the top ten places to ring in the new year. let's listen. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> ring in the new year, good morning 2013. we'll continue to monitor all of these celebrations as the day rolls on. the night rolls on in some cases. midnight in the u.s. is the big fiscal cliff deadline. there are two fronts we are watching today. capitol hill and wall street. let's see if there's any movement on capitol hill. stock markets moving up because it's a little erratic. dana bash is watching that live for us. dana, last hour you were saying progress is being made. now you've been hearing rumblings on the opposite from the far left. what are you hearing now? >> very interesting. we have been hearing from both sides of the aisle that part of the big issue has been to get over objections from conservative republicans who are
b back fire in the final hours before america goes over the fiscal cliff. they are trying to craft a plan c. america's news headquarters live from the nowy nation's capitol starts now. >> hello everyone. we are down to the wire and an impatient president obama is leaning on top lawmakers to cut a deal. senate leaders are rushing to hammer out a last ditch compromise. mike emmanuel is live with the latest on the negotiations. >> hi, molly it is it eye critical window. we are not expecting an announcement today, but they are trying to carve out a deal capable of winning bipartisan support. president obama said the u.s. can't afford a self inflicted wound to our economy. >> fortunate lie congress can prevent it from happening if they act right now. i had a good and constructive discussion with senate and house leadership about preventing the tax hike on the middle class and we should be able to reach an agreement to pass both house necessary time. >> senate leaders can't strike a deal. it would be a plan c. keeping tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less . extending unemployment be
are looking at january 1 and the fiscal cliff happening. in which case a resolution won't happen until the new congress comes into session on january 3rd. gregg: that's right. we've been following not only the events on the floor but people stepping before microphones. here is representative jim moran. >> there are going to be voting sunday night and then probably watching the skins-cowboys fame in the cloakroom. then we'll, then we'll be in session on december 31st as well. gregg: what does he mean, we're going to vote sunday night? >> here's what might happen. both parties meet with the president today at the white house. they all say look, here we are on the precipice here. let's come up with something so we stop these tax hikes from happening on january 1st. let's come together and come up with kind of a stopgap deal. in other words, something short term. this is something congress will typically do when both sides are at an impasse. they find a way to get by for a little while longer. buy themselves more time. if they come up with a deal like that, the house is coming back into session on
the onus to avoid the fiscal cliff is now on the senate. this is a new poll shows the american people are quickly losing faith that a deal will get struck. imagine that. there is some good economic news in the forecast for 2013, we'll have that for you, and some more good news, a silver lining in a battle against childhood obesity. that report ahead as well when harris faulkner and i see you at the top of the hour. "happening now." gregg: you're full of good news. jon: trying to be, you know. gregg: one good news story after another, jon scott. jon: you got people digging out of a blizzard today, you've got a fiscal cliff coming. we've got to have good news somewhere, gregg. gregg: we'll tune in for your good news. jon scott thank you very much. patti ann: back to the bad news a fierce winter storm leaving travelers stranded and causing a lot of trouble in the northeast after hitting other parts of the country ain't is still not over. the latest on the storm's path. >> people are still driving a little too fast for the conditions. >> you couldn't see the roads where they split up and
of the names of those that we lost this year. ♪ ♪ >> coming up next on 11 news, the fiscal cliff firestorm rages hill as house lawmakers meet today. >> a burglar breaks into a woman's house. she fears his return. >> strong winds and lake-effect snow showers out there. we'll tell you what's
to avoid some of the tax parts of the fiscal cliff. it would keep tax cuts for the making $250,000 a year or less, extending unemployment benefit and with the clock ticking delay dramatic spending cuts until next year. >> i asked leaders of congress to work toward the package to prevent tax hike on middle class americans protects unemployment surance for 2 million americans. lays the groundwork for work on growth and deficit reduction. that is an achievable goal. >> today's meeting is the first with the president since november 16. sign for republicans that mr. obama has not really been pushing that hard for a deal. >> we need presidential leadership on in the just taxing rich people. >> three words the president did not use. he did not use the word sequester and he didn't say "debt ceiling" either. he focused most of his remarx on preventing taxes from going up. there are also massive spending cuts coming. no idea how they will avert that. he also did not mention the debt ceiling. earlier they wanted lifting the debt ceiling included. now it's clear it's not in the short-term package tha
. >>> it is not just the fiscal cliff that we're closing in on. a darely cliff? this is a new one. beginning next year you could be paying as much as $7 for a gallon of milk if congress doesn't step in. with all the concerns over the fiscal cliff, several other legislative matters are falling by the wayside. including a stalled farm bill that includes the dairy subsidy. it is set to end january 1st sending us all the way back to the 1950s policy requiring the government to buy milk at inflated prices. therefore driving up the cost for everyone. >>> i'm glad it's christmas. guess who's cozy by the fireplace here? our very own michelle griego sharing this photo from christmas eve. she doesn't know i'm sharing it with you -- >> i know. i know. >> she's at home with her family as you can see. they got the socks on. they're sitting on the couch. they're enjoying the fireplace. and the little socks to the far right is her 4-year-old daughter, my guess is giana is up and under the tree right now looking for goodies. >> that's so cute. i love that picture i think that's the future christmas card. >> i hope th
over the fiscal cliff. and when that ball comes down in times square tonight, every american's taxes will go up. what happened? >>> the other breaking story tonight. hillary's health. doctors reveal it is a blood clot near mrs. clinton's brain keeping her in the hospital. dr. besser right here with what this means. and what mrs. clinton just told barbara walters after becoming the most traveled secretary of state. >> are you exhausted? >> i am. to be honest, i am. >>> the big chill. a million americans in times square tonight. this evening, the security, the weather. some of the coldest temperatures of the winter. and what we didn't note about something else that will be falling at midnight. ginger zee in times square. >>> and, so long. >> so long. so long. so long. >> the man who said himself, "the show must go on." the first new year's without dick clark, as we heard tonight from his wife. she answers the one question she says so many have been asking her. >>> good evening on this new year's eve. diane counting down with her family. tonight, the other countdown here. the one in was
agree to it but it's all tied up in the fiscal cliff mess. tax filing season starts next week but the irs would put a hold on that for some. officials would wait for a deal in the new year instead of doing serious reprogramming to their tax system. filing would then be pushed back to march for millions. with refunds coming much later than usual. especially for those who plan on paying off credit card bills that often pile up after the holidays. now all of this could be avoided a deal before the deadline monday night but some long time lawmakers fear it won't happen, more on that when i see you next. live in washington. >> oil prices started edging up arch the president announced he would return from vacation early so he could work on fiscal cliff negotiations. crude oil sells for almost $91 a barrel up nearly two dollars a barrel. it's expected to increase as hope rises that a budget deal can be reached before the deadline and that could keep the economy growing while no agreement may put the united states back into recession. >> several states are under blizzard warning thi
, the new tax takes effect tomorrow and it's got nothing to do with the fiscal cliff. it has to do with obamacare. we'll tell what you it is inform could hurt. then don't know what to do with your christmas tree? here is an idea. ♪ >> clayton: welcome back. the government wishing the american people happy new year with a brand-new tax tomorrow. >> dave: regardless of the outcome of fiscal cliff negotiations, americans will be hit with a $1 trillion new tax bill thanks to obamacare. >> clayton: joining us now is texas congressman and vice chairman of the subcommittee on health, dr. michael burgess, who knows a thing or two about the health care system. congressman, nice to see you. happy new year, or not so happy for a lot of people. >> thanks. >> clayton: break this down. what kind of taxes are we talking about here that basically have nothing to do with the fiscal cliff, right? >> correct. these are baked into the cake and they're happening regardless of whatever happens with the house or senate today. there is five changes, major changes in tax policy that start on january 1 as
tomorrow. >>> tonight a new hurdle in the race to avoid the fiscal cliff. the weather. a powerful winter storm blasting the nation as president obama and lawmakers try to get back to washington. >> all eyes turn to plan c. >> i would hope that we would have one last attempt here to do what everyone knows what needs to be done. look at the front page here. it says obama headed back to work after short vacation. >> i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. >> if we go off the cliff unimpeded, it's a $400 billion tax hike. >> outrage after a newspaper gets its hands on the names and addresses of gun permit holders and then publishes the information online. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> isn't it possible that if we got rid of these, if we replaced them and said you can only have a magazine that carries five bullets or ten bullets, isn't it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like this? >> i don't believe that will make one difference. >> oh, my god, a tornado. >> winter weather threat
talk less and legislate more. the house has already passed legislation to avoid the entire fiscal cliff. >>> the president gets set to land in washington this hour. there's new word that the president has called all four congressional leaders. reid, mcconnell, boehner and pelosi. . joining me to talk more, we have peter alexander standing by at the white house as well as nbc's mike viqueira on capitol hill. some verbal smackdown, basically flipping the lights back on and harry reid taking to the floor to eviscerate speaker boehner. >> the sad part is you often seen the floor opened that way. mitch mcconnell being later today. i'm sure we'll hear something later. to hear it two days after christmas and a matter of days before we go through the fiscal cliff, obviously not encouraging. harry reid says time is running hout. he doesn't know if they could go through the legislative hurdles. if they have the votes around here, they can legislate the sky is green and the grass is blue. that's not an issue. what harry reid is really saying is mitch mcconnell, get on board, don't try to filibuste
role in the fiscal cliff negotiations that based off the current offer may only have a smaller deal. a member of the budget committee and outspoken voice on the left side of the aisle. thanks for joining me. good morning. >> mire pleasure. >> we were saying a lack of urgency in washington to deal with the fiscal cliff and being a member of congress especially a respected member of the senate and what do you think is possible at this point on any type of a large scale deal. what do you see as the most likely scenario moving forward. >> i don't think it's a lack of urgency, but a great deal of concern that republican party failed to do anything. it seems that in the house, boehner has no control over his extreme right wing faction. i think the american people are very clear about what they want. what they want is to ask the wealthiest people in the country to pay their fair share of taxes. there was a poll out the other day, 70% of the american people think folks making over $250,000 a year should pay their fair share. they understand that one out of four corporations are paying nothi
. this is "america's newsroom." when we come back we'll debate whether a deal to avert the fiscal cliff is really possible? come on. seriously? as the president cuts his vacation short. patti ann: also some disturbing new details on a gunman's deadly ambush in upstate new york, setting a fire and then shooting the first-responders. gregg: and talk about a holiday miracle. look at this. after a man makes it is mission to find a stranger's wedding ring lost on a snow-covered highway. how could you do that? >> i like to be able to get this back to him. and he can, return, pay it forward to someone else later in life. i love the holidays. and with my bankamericard cash rewards credit card, i love 'em even more. i earn 1% cash back everywhere, evertime. 2% on groceries. 3% on gas. automatically. no hoops to jump through. that's 1% back on... [ toy robot sounds ] 2% on pumpn pie. and apple. 3% back on 4 trips to the airport. it's as easy as.. -[ man ] 1... -[ woman ] 2... [ woman ] 3. [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards card. apply online or at a bank of america near you. patti ann: an in
to work, another sign of inaction on the fiscal cliff front. joining me now for our daily fix, mr. jonathan capehart, msnbc contributor and "washington post" editorial writer. jonathan, we're just six days away, no indication from house republicans that they are going to come back any time soon. the leadership has gone mum on that. we know there's not been communication between boehner and mcconnell, obama and boehner. are you amazed with this short amount of time to go there seems to be no sense of urgency on either side? >> am i amazed, given what we went through with the debt ceiling, no, i'm not amazed. i think there are forces here in this town that would like for us, sure people would like for there to be a deal, but going over the cliff on january 1st when there's this notion where it's not really a cliff, it's a slope, it's a curb depending who you talk to, that you can repair the damage if you get a deal done, you know, a few days after january 3rd. i think people feel like they can slow walk. as we saw last week when plan b failed, you know, speaker boehner said it's up
on any new volkswagen. visit today. >>> fiscal cliff hanger, a white house meeting as we head into the last weekend before the deadline. >>> wanted in new york. take a look. police say the woman seen running away on the right had just pushed a man to his death in front of a moving subway train. >>> baseball cap controversy. the braves now retro logo raising a few eyebrows this morning. welcome back to "early start." so glad you are with us on a friday morning. >> it is friday, isn't it? i'm drew griffin. john and zoraida are off. lawmaker has a long time to avoid the fiscal cliff. now only four days left and no deal in sight. that could change today, when president obama holds a meeting with all four congressional leader at the white house. we're not saying you should bet on it. let's bring in ron brownstein for "the national journal." >> good morning. >> good morning. we're talking about this whole idea of a fiscal cliff was absolutely not supposed to happen. >> this was a machine that the two sides built to give guy them more will power to do what they didn't want to do
. gregg: this is it. we are just hours away from falling off the so-called fiscal cliff. tax hikes for nearly every american. lots of different ones. spending cuts of totaling more than a trillion dollars. by all indications, nothing, we mean nothing has changed on capitol hill. senate majority leader harry reid saying significant distance remains between the two sides. good morning everyone, i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer here in "america's newsroom.". >> i'm heather childers in for martha maccallum the senate gavels in at 11:00 a.m. we'll see if there was some miracle overnight. gregg: i doubt that. yesterday, republican senate leader mitch mcconnell made an emergency call to the vice president joe biden in an evident to jump-start negotiations. heather: if no deal is haed out today, majority leader reid says he will call a vote on a separate white house plan that reflects's original proposal. gregg: chief correspondent mike emanuel kicks off the coverage. mike, where do the things stand in the fiscal cliff talks at this critical late-stage? >> reporter: gregg, there seems
on the fiscal cliff talks in washington. on the radar, deadly storms trigger travel chaos. good news about nelson mandela's health and a very, very expensive day for toyota. first the storm system that claimed at least lives. overnight it pushed from indiana to maine. some areas got heavy snow and it's expected through the northeast today. it triggered a portfolio christmas travel nightmare. 2,000 flights have been canceled and 10,000 have been delayed. spending a lot of time with in-laws because of the weather. south african president nelson mandela is out of the hospital. the 94-year-old will receive home-based care. he is recovering from a lung infection and a procedure to remove gall stones. toyota agreed to a $1.1 billion class action settlement over complaints that cars accelerated without warning. owners of 16 million toyota, lexus and sion vehicles will be eligible depending on the make and the model. what a story that was years ago. with gridlock in capitol hill synonymous, there lessons to be learned from dwight eisenhower's success in working by the opposing party. chuck recentl
the fiscal cliff. why? after january 1st, when everyone's taxes go up, the new congress sworn this on january 3rd could vote to cut taxes. a much easier vote to cast for republicans as well as some democrats. as for the president, is he nhe scheduled to leave his family tonight, come back to washington tomorrow morning, in the hopes of helping his fellow democrats try to find enough republicans to pass his plan. but of course this goes without saying that was a plan that most if not all republicans campaigned very strongly against. >> the most likely scenario is actually did go off the cliff now. ryan liza is our correspondent from washington. you look at this and we're hearing echos of the past. the republican speaker from the house of representatives said, and i have it here somewhere, i don't want to be critical of john, meaning john boehner, but if you don't ever bring something to the floor without the votes. so this is what happened last thursday night where he brought this bill to the floor, his plan b, and it went nowhere. was that a major miscalculation for him? >> it was. look, denn
until the fiscal cliff deadline. and on what is a holiday weekend for many, that is not the case for congressional leaders in washington. there was a sense of urgency today as the president met with house and senate leaders along with the treasury secretary and vice president a short while ago at the white house to try and forge a last-minute deal. the president says he is optimistic, but at this hour, the fiscal cliff still looms. we begin our coverage with nbc's white house correspondent, peter alexander who has been watching the developments all day. peter, good evening to you. >> reporter: natalie, good evening to you. after his first meeting with all of the top four congressional lawmakers since before thanksgiving, the president marched into the briefing room here at the white house and he said the time for immediate action is now. he called for a bipartisan agreement and said to congressional leaders, warning them the public's patience has worn out. after an hour-long closed-door meeting with the president, both the democratic and republican congressional leaders left the
." >>> on the surface, you might think there's new movement toward avoiding the fiscal cliff that starts making an impact just five days from now. president obama is back in washington and plans to meet with congressional leaders tomorrow. and house members have been told to return to the capital sunday. but there's still no evidence this standoff is anywhere close to being resolved. here's our cnn senior congressional correspondent, dana bash. >> reporter: and candy, you know that even speaks to what is going on here, which is virtually nothing. jessica yellin reported in the last hour that our ted barrett, our senate producer, saw harry reid go into mitch mcconnell's office. well, it turns out that reid walked back out, and told ted barrett that they did not talk about the fiscal cliff at all. that sort of defies logic, but so it goes, that's what he said. and it sort of speaks to the warning that i got earlier this week, which is that most people here think that if anything is going to get done before the fiscal cliff deadline, that it won't happen until the pressure is on, on or around dece
of the late breaking developments on the fiscal cliff negotiations which are coming down to the wire. it's a working weekend in washington. have a great weekend and a happy new year. "anderson cooper 360" starts right now. >>> john, thanks. we begin tonight with breaking news about your paycheck, your unemployment check, your defense job, the entire economy, you name it. all of it is at stake if the country goes over the fiscal cliff. it's a cliff that lawmakers built. they set the tuesday deadline, they knew it was coming for more than a year. but even now, they have done little to agree to a package before that time. keeping them honest, the people in this building have known what's coming on tuesday, yet they're only returning to this building to get back to work just now. senators came back yesterday. house members, well, they woet be back until sunday. this afternoon, house and senate leaders met with president obama at the white house. they talked for about an hour. afterwards, president obama said he was modestly optimistic. bypassing house speaker john boehner who had trouble get
'm arthel nevil. it's down to the wire for fiscal cliff deal. lawmakers are trying to draft a plan under the deadline. president obama says he is optimistic they will come to an agreement if not, deep spending cuts will kick in for nearly every american. helpis one step closer for super storm sandy. senate passing a bill to provide $60.4 billion in aid for states impacted by the disaster. bill now has to pass through the house of representatives. hurricane sandy was blamed for at least 120 deaths in areas from north carolina to maine, new york, new jersey and connecticut. i'm arthel nevil, now back to fox news watch. for all the latest log on to i'll see you right here at 4:00 p.m. eastern alongside gregg jarrett. >> we will make sure that f there is anything is needed we get it out immediately. i want to thank you for everything you've done and we appreciate that. >> connecticut state police lieutenant paul advance talking to people. the killer committed suicide as police closed in on him. one of many tragedies that received major attention this year. it's a challenge for t
the fiscal cliff which could trigger across-the-board tax increases and billions in spending cuts. however, there is hope for a soft landing. senate republican leader mitch mcconnell and president obama said today a deal was close. but late in the day house leaders announced they will not vote on a deal tonight. they're waiting for the senate. so what happens now? we have two reports beginning with nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, good evening. >> good evening to you, rebecca. it looks like the deadline pressure finally prompted a meeting of the minds today. negotiators agreed to a plan that extends the bush era tax cuts for 99% of americans. but they are hung up on one key spending issue, and so it looks like we will go over the fiscal cliff at least temporarily. >> we're very, very close to an agreement. >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said his round-the-clock negotiations with vice president biden had paid off. >> i can report that we've reached an agreement on all of the tax -- the tax -- issues. >> reporter: first and foremost, the bush era tax cuts. the two
elected leaders. are you optimistic that congress will meet a post-christmas fiscal cliff deal? [ male announcer ] this is sheldon, whose long dy setting up the news starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. just two aleve can keep pain away all day. back to the news. campbell's has 24 new soups that will make it drop over, and over again. ♪ from jammin' jerk chicken, to creamy gouda bisque. see what's new from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. >>> so as newtown, connecticut, recovers from the tragic shooting, police are across new england stepped in to give officers at the town's police department a day off to spend time with their families and that christmas is one of the millions the town received from all over the world after 20 children and 6 educators died in the massacre. and with students across the u.s. enjoying the break, a national debate is raging about whether more guns in schools would keep them safe in the wake of that massacre. right now, at least one new jersey town plans to p
tomorrow to steer us back from the fiscal cliff. more on what, if any, deal could be shaping up. >>> and keeping them honest, why avoiding economic disaster seems to be so hard to do for some of the folks in washington. share everything. share brotherly love. share one up's. mom ? mom ? the share everything plan. lets your family share a pool of data across 10 devices with unlimited talk and text. now get a lucid by lg, free. >>> some breaking news. late word that president obama will meet tomorrow with congressional leaders for one more shot at keeping the country from going over the fiscal cliff. before we get the latest on that, though, let's clear one thing up. everyone talks about the cliff as if it's simply materialized from out of the blue. keeping them honest, that is just not so. the package of drastic budget cuts and tax increases that goy into effect tuesday morning are totally manmade, totally avoidable, and all sides know it. it's a kind of legislative dooms day machine written by the men and women who work here and signed by president obama. the idea being to make
-called fiscal cliff. apparently it sank our 401(k)s again for the second trading day in a row. the dow dropping 52 points today. the nasdaq fell 8 and the s&p lost 3 today was a shortened day. told the associated press that folks are starting to accept that weekend in fact plunge right off that fiscal cliff. after all we are a little more than a week away from the deadline when the spending cuts and push us back into another recession. lawmakers do plan to return to washington later this week to try to hammer out a last-minute deal. for now president obama and the first family are celebrating christmas in hawaii and that's where our ed henry is traveling with the president now live in honolulu. ed? bottom line the president is here in hawaii but might not be here for long. shortly after christmas likely to go back to washington. try and broker some sort of a deal. you remember before he left for hawaii, he announced that he wanted more of a short-term deal. sort of scaled back stop gap measure so that that big grand 4 trillion-dollar. instead he wanted to extend tax cuts for the middle class. h
for fiscal cliff so no surprise they are using hope for the future. "washington post"/abc news poll says 72% of the g.o.p. is fearful about what lies ahead in 2013. all right, so let's take a look at the 72% of republicans say they are very fearful, which is up by double digits than what they were i guess under president bush. so greg, are republicans more grounded in reason, they see the future as nail biter? >> greg: conservatives are vampire killers. liberals hate the vampire killers. so the republicans are terrified that the government is expanding. the vampires are hopeful. >> andrea: have you been watching "twilights >> greg: i have been home with the flu watching vampire movies. >> andrea: noah's neighbors were hopeful for the future, too. >> kimberly: they're hopeful because the guys got in. they are entitlement dancing over their head. i would be in a good mood, too. people who are realistics that earn a living and pull out the wallet to pay for stuff. you got worries. look at the numbers for holiday shopping. worst in four years. what does it tell you about optimism across the cou
's the bigger news, right? not the fiscal cliff but the fact that tim geithner announced that the debt ceiling will be hit on december 31st, that he has extraordinary measures to take to delay it a little bit, but we're now in a serious situation. the fiscal cliff was a semi-serious situation. this is a very serious situation. >> what you've got, these two things coming together, the cliff and the debt ceiling, you'll have market reactions that reinforces the sense of unpredictability. if you're an investor, if you're running a business, what you want to know is what the playing field is. you want to know what the rules are. nobody knows anything. it means basically things begin to come to a halt. internationally, it raises all sorts of questions about our competence, our seriousness, our reputation. and these are people who are investing here, who are providing us also with the means to float the deficit. these are the people providing a lot of our financing. well, at some point if this goes on long enough, they begin to think, hold it. >> who's writing a lot of our financing? >> mainly forei
on the fiscal cliff deal. besides being the leader of catholic church, pope benedict xvi is challenged author. it challenges part of the traditional nativity scene. we look another faith and facts surrounding the first christmas. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: pope benedict xvi dons the scholar hat in the latest booth. book, exploring the christmas story as event in history. >> gospel story of jesus is historical. pope distinguishes that. symbolic approach. like when augustus is emperor of rome he situates this at specific time. it's unlike mythic language like once upon a time. or "star wars" long, long ago in galaxy far,f away. >> he was a prolific author before becoming pope. but this book had an initial printing of unprecedented million copies in nine languages and hitting bookstores in 50 countrys. >> he takes a study of the iconic images. animals in the manger. neither one of the two gospels that contain the birth narrative matthew and luke mentions them present. >> he points out in the gospel story itself you don't find reference. but later they appeared. >> the pope writes that jesus was born e
this whole fight over the fiscal cliff, the rangeling in washington has already caused a hit on the economy. can you explain sort of what the impact of the debate has been. >> you dw definitely seen it. ju as early as friday when we report that the president was not making his new offer with offers down at the white house. we saw the stock market sell off rather dramatically just in those couple of minutes as that news was coming out. i got to say that over the past 24 hours or so the stock market has been relatively calm sort of expecting a deal, expecting that lawmakers will somehow come to a consensus here. in terms of long-term planning, this is difficult for businesses who don't know what the tax situation is going to be for the next year. it's that uncertainty. so many businesses have such difficulty, and a lot of folks do say that there are a lot of hires that would have been made in the economy right now. new jobs created. new people added to existing companies that haven't happened as a result of this hangover over the economy, which is coming from the fiscal cliff. >> all right. a
if the country goes over the fiscal cliff. it is a cliff that lawmakers built, they have set the tuesday deadline and knew it was coming for more than a year, but until now, even now they have done precious little to agree on taxes and spending cuts by that time. keeping them honest, the people in this building have known what is coming on tuesday, yet they're only returning to get to this building to get back to work just now. senators came back yesterday. house members? well, they wouldn't be back until sunday. this afternoon, house and senate leaders met with president obama at the white house. they talked for about an hour. afterwards president obama said he was modestly optimistic. by passing house speaker john boehner who has had trouble getting his fellow republicans to agree to anything, the president called on senate majority and minority leaders harry reid and mitch mcconnell, to lay out a deal. >> if we don't see an agreement between the two leaders and the senate, i expect a bill to go on the floor. and i have asked senator reid to do this. put a bill on the floor that makes sure that
before we go over the so-called fiscal cliff. senate leaders spent the weekend working on a last-ditch deal and the house comes back today for a rare sunday night session. yesterday afternoon, in an exclusive interview, president obama sat down with me in the blue room of the white house to discuss the way forward and his priorities for a second term. >> mr. president, welcome back to "meet the press." >> great to be here, thank you. >> the obvious question -- are we going over the fiscal cliff? >> well, i think we're going to find out in the next 48 hours what congress decides to do. but i think it's important for the american people to understand exactly what this fiscal cliff is. because it's actually not that complicated. the tax cuts that were introduced in 2001, 2003, 2010, those were extended and they're all about to expire at the end of the year. so on midnight, december 31st, if congress doesn't act, then everybody's taxes go up. and for the average family, that could mean a loss of $2,000 in income. for the entire economy, that means consumers have a lot less money to m
the nation from going over the fiscal cliff. >>> the american academy of pediatrics has released a new statement encouraging elementary schools to let kids have their play time. recess gives children the opportunity to develop skills that can't be taught in the classroom, that it should not serve as a substitute for phys. ed. class. fond farewell 75 watt incandescent light bulb. under law, they can no longer be produced or imported as of january 1st though retailers can clear their remaining stocks. government will turn out the lights on traditional 60 and 40-watt bulbs in 2014. >>> it's what everyone is talking about, i think. reality tv star kim kardashian and rapper kanye west are expecting their first child. west made the announcement last night at a concert in atlantic city. west is 35. kardashian is 32, she is in the process of divorcing kris humphries, whom she married in 2011. >>> still ruled at the box office, stayed on top for a third straight week despite serious competition. "djang unchained" debuted in second place and "les mis" came in third. >>> long underwear may be a m
going to put us in recession, regardless of the fiscal cliff. >> glover for questions made the comments yesterday on cnn if a -- grover norquist made the comments yesterday on cnn. >>> new this morning, 7-eleven trying to get healthier. the chain is in the process of introducing more nutritious items. that includes yogurt parfaits and lean turkey sandwiches. 7-eleven wants 20% sales to come from fresh foods byb7ñ the end of 2015. also retooling old favorites. jelly doughnuts sold in miniature versions. >>> that ipad under your tree may already be out-of-date. a japanese tech blog reports a new version of the popular tablet will hit stores in march, the blog says the new ipad will be thinner and lighter than the last, possibly as thin as the ipad mini. >> here's bloomberg reporter deborah costra. >>> good morning. merry christmas if you want to keep holidays merry and avoid unexpected medical bills remove all medications from cabinets into a secure area to protect loved ones who might be visiting, they can be taken by mistake or worse. more than half of the people addicted to prescripti
the next week because we have that much time left and that's it over negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff. what happens to your bottom line if we go over it? let's take a look at the possibility fallout on wall street, your taxes, your retirement plan, your wallet. excuse me. joining me now, i get all choked up, jordan goodman, financial advisor, author of, fast profits in hard times. that's where we are. >> you bet. jamie: jordan, well-come. let me bottom line is soft landing in january best we hope for at this point? >> i think we're going over fiscal cliff. that is why the markets anticipating that. soft landing temporary compromise is the best we can hope for. the worst we can hope for, probably get is a hard landing, where they don't have any agreement and all the huge taxes, $536 billion in tax increases, $110 billion in spending cuts happen pretty much all at once in january. jamie: for folks who are not professional investors but have their retirement account and hoping it will grow, when you see a selloff at the end of the year, what does that mean? people are getting their money
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